On Sept. 19, Sporty’s held its own Young Eagles day to provide flights to 14 children and siblings of employees. The Young Eagles flights took place in the company’s Cessna 172s and Piper Aztec and were piloted by Sporty’s employees. [Read more…]
OSHKOSH, Wis. – Phillips 66 Aviation revealed that this year’s Leadership Award winner is Fred Stadler, a year-round volunteer for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Stadler reached an unprecedented milestone in July when he flew his 6,000th Young Eagle, setting the record for the most volunteer flights by any pilot participant in the program. [Read more…]
On opening day of AirVenture, ICON Aircraft CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins handed the keys of the first customer A5 to EAA Young Eagles Chairman and aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker, who accepted the aircraft on behalf of the organization, alongside EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.
The aircraft, Aircraft Serial Number 001 (ASN-001), will participate in Young Eagles flights that allow children to experience aviation, often for the first time. [Read more…]
A cornerstone of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Flight Plan program for youth is free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course. Sporty’s now offers new content and functionality for the course, which serves as ground school, test prep and a complete flight training companion. Nearly four hours of new high-definition video content and animations have been added, along with improved features for the written test prep application. [Read more…]
An accident at a Young Eagles rally killed a 78-year-old pilot and 14-year-old boy Saturday near Buffalo, N.Y. According to a report from NBC News, a Cessna 172 crashed into a Searey aircraft, killing the two on board the C-172. The other aircraft made an emergency landing, but the two passengers only suffered minor injuries, according to the report.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA and local police are conducting an investigation. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the pilot and passenger involved in the mishap,” officials from the Experimental Aircraft Association said in a statement.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 9 a.m., the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 249 of Greenville, S.C., will offer free flights to the first 100 8- to 17 year-old kids that ask for a Young Eagles flight at the Southeast Aviation Expo‘s (SEAE) main registration area, which will be near the Greenville Downtown Airport’s (GMU) main terminal.
OSHKOSH – Greg Anderson, who helped pioneer a program responsible for taking 1.8 million-plus youths flying worldwide, was honored with the 2014 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
A piston pilot who spent 21 years working for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and now heads the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Anderson accepted the Aviation Leadership Award from Greg Hart, manager, general aviation, Phillips 66, during the annual Young Eagles Banquet.
OSHKOSH – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Co. led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the the Gathering of Eagles charity event Thursday at AirVenture.
All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators. [Read more…]